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U.S. Government and History

Databases & eBooks

Digital library resources. Log in using your library card number.

American Decades
Research American life in the 20th Century and beyond.

Dictionary of American History
Search for information on every aspect of American history.

Websites

Useful, librarian-reviewed websites from around the Internet.

American Memory
Maintained by the Library of Congress, this site includes unique primary source materials related to U.S. history and culture.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Learn about the branches of governement and how laws are made. Find historical documents, games, and activities.

Library of Congress: Kids and Families
Great links to history, science, music, crafts, and books.

Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
Learn about our presidents! This site has biographical information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and more on each president. There are also lots of links to other presidential sites. (From the Internet Public Library.)

Stately Knowledge: Facts About the United States
This helpful site has information about each state, including each state's capitol, bird, song, etc. (From the Internet Public Library.)

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News and Magazines

Databases & eBooks

Digital library resources. Log in using your library card number.

Chicago Tribune
Regional news articles from 1985-present.

Chicago Tribune Historical
Digital reproductions of the news from 1849-1987, just as it appeared in the original papers.

InfoTrac General OneFile
Articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals. Many are full-text with images.

Issues and Controversies
In-depth articles about hot topics in today's world.

New York Times Historical Database
Reproduction articles and images from 1851-2007.

ProQuest News and Magazines
Online articles from over 2000 magazines and newspapers.

World News Digest
News articles from 1940 to the present, World Almanac info, encyclopedia articles, and more.

Websites

Useful, librarian-reviewed websites from around the Internet.

New York Times Learning Network
News for grades 3-12, word of the day, crossword puzzle, and more.

Wilmette Life Index
Find news article citations from 1991 on (and then photocopy the articles at the library), obituaries from 1978 on, and other information from as far back as 1898-1923!

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Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Databases & eBooks

Digital library resources. Log in using your library card number.

Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids

PebbleGo
An encyclopedia with audio options, especially for emergent readers.

Virtual Reference Library
Includes dozens of specialized encyclopedias from Gale. Great for tough topics.

World Almanac for Kids Online
A kid-friendly version of the World Almanac, filled with facts from around the world.

World Book Online Reference Center
You can also use World Book Kids, a simpler version.

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Homework Help

Databases & eBooks

Digital library resources. Log in using your library card number.

MUZZY Language Learning
- Outside library
- Within library
Interactive language learning games, activities, and video in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian.

LearningExpress Library
Practice for standardized tests. The first time you go, click "New User" to set up an account.

Websites

Useful, librarian-reviewed websites from around the Internet.

Fact Monster
Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and almanac in one.

FirstGov for Kids
Government websites for kids on all kinds of topics.

Homework Spot
Librarian- or teacher-approved homework help websites, plus tips for taking good notes and preparing for exams.

Illinois Clicks!
Check out the Homework Help section for links selected by Illinois librarians.

Internet Public Library: Kidspace
Get help finding answers to reference questions on all kinds of subjects. There's also fun stuff and features on interesting topics, science fair, and story hours.

Internet Public Library: Teenspace
Find info on anything from books and writing to dating and sports! There's also help on choosing what to read next, writing research papers, and exploring careers.

National Geographic Homework Help
Facts and interactive learning activities covering animals and nature, history and culture, maps and geography, and more.

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U.S. Government and History

About Online Resources

A database is an organized collection of information. Our Library pays for databases for you to use. We have reliable encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, and more, all of which you can access online, for free, from library computers or your computer at home. Click here for a complete alphabetical list of our databases.

A website can be created by anyone using the Internet. It is important to know who created a website before you use or believe the information you find. The websites listed on here have been reviewed by Wilmette librarians.

An eBook is a computerized version of a book. Once you follow the link to an eBook, click "Table of Contents" for a list of the articles in the book, or use the search feature or Index to find what you're looking for.


 

 

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